What Sam Buys

Lush & Jeffrey Campbell haul

I love Lush and was in the market for facial cleanser. Recently I’ve been using Neutrogena’s oil-free acne wash in pink grapefruit foaming scrub. I’ve had the value-size bottle for years and have been trying to use it up. I’ve always known that micro beads were bad, but I assumed it was just bad to use on your skin. It wasn’t until the other night that I learned it was also bad for the environment after seeing this video while I was on a Lush YouTube hole. So I’ve been debating on whether I should toss out the remainder of my acne wash and waste product to be more environmentally cautious and help protect the environment. On one hand, I’m using up product I already have while dumping more micro plastic beads into the ocean; but on the other, I’m wasting product and money already spent.

I decided to pull the trigger and stop by my local Lush store to find my new favorite facial cleanser. After having a mini pow-wow with one of the Lush consultants, I decided on Angels on Bare Skin and took a sample of Movis. I already have a lavender theme going on with my skincare routine — I use Lush’s Imperialis and Eau Roma Water — so Angels on Bare Skin made sense since it contains lavender.

I also treated myself and picked up Lullaby to hopefully combat the dandruff I’ve been having and Happy Happy Joy Joy because frankly I got suckered into the smell and was about to need some new conditioner soon.

As a “hello! hi! we’re nice and super friendly” gesture, my Lush lady also gave me a generous sample of Mask of Magnaminty since yes, I was about to buy a lot, but also because we got into a conversation about face masks and bonded over how satisfying it was to have a face tingle and smell like chocolate mint chip.

I’m taking my boyfriend to Lush for his birthday next week, and just FYI I might have to pick up Sleepy because I sampled it and fell in love with the oats and lavender (yes, I’m a sucker) but couldn’t bring myself to buy it this go-around.

But can we talk about my new shoes now?

I’ve wanted mules since it became trendy. I saw some faux suede ones at Forever 21 like five, six months ago in different pastel colors but passed them up. I’ve regretted not picking up a pair especially since I can’t find them online anymore. Fast forward to the other week when I saw Free People was having an sale on sale items and found these Jeffrey Campbell Perpetua mules in coral suede. $115 mules for $48? Yes, please!


The photo has a “lived-in” feel to it because I couldn’t wait to get my feet into the soft suede and rock them at work with high-waisted black jeans and a gray/white-stripped baggy cropped t-shirt (which I did and looked great doing btw). I’m considering investing in suede protectant, but do I really need it? I don’t wear much suede and aside from my poor judgement and laziness today — I decided to take a shortcut in a parking garage and walked on some stone pebbles while wearing these — I’m pretty careful when I wear these shoes. I don’t know… all I know is that I need it in the velvety blue color and the rust shade I randomly found while doing a Google search?? I’m a sucker for both shades and need them in my life.

Do you shop at Lush or love these mules as much as I do? Or have always fantasized about Jeffrey Campbell Litas and never getting a pair like me? What’s your take on suede protectant? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. I know it might seem a bit hypocritical to want to help negatively impact the environment while also buying suede shoes, but I love both things and I think it’s OK so long as you’re woke. I’m woke, y’all!



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